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Police hold Kentucky man in killing of couple, arson of home

Aug. 04, 2021 10:47 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky man is accused of killing a married couple outside an apartment building they owned, then barricading himself inside the residence for hours and setting a fire before police arrested him, officials said. Officers responded Tuesday...

San Francisco Bay Area man sentenced for firebomb plot

Aug. 03, 2021 22:11 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A California man who plotted to firebomb the homes of people on his personal “enemies list" was sentenced Tuesday to 18 years in federal prison. David Jah, 47, of Concord, was sentenced for conspiracy to commit arson. He was convicted last fall. ...

Father in family murder plot case loses bid to withdraw plea

Aug. 02, 2021 15:32 PM EDT

FREEHOLD, N.J. (AP) — A man serving decades in prison for conspiring with his daughter to kill her ex-husband in one of New Jersey's most notorious murder cases lost a bid to withdraw his guilty plea on Monday. Thomas Dorsett pleaded guilty to murder and arson for hire...

Fire near Montana lake destroys homes, triggers evacuations

Aug. 01, 2021 14:55 PM EDT

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — A wind-driven wildfire destroyed more than a dozen homes, outbuildings and other structures around northwestern Montana's Flathead Lake after the flames jumped over a state highway, authorities said Sunday Evacuations had been ordered by the...

Man sentenced to 2 life terms in 2019 double murder, arson

Aug. 01, 2021 11:17 AM EDT

EASTON, Pa. (AP) — A man prosecutors said baked and took cookies to the home of a 97-year-old bedridden woman before killing her and her adult son and setting fire to their eastern Pennsylvania home has been sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole. ...

SC deputies: Man accused of setting fire that killed mom

Jul. 31, 2021 16:24 PM EDT

PICKENS, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina man is in custody accused of killing his mother by setting her house on fire, authorities said. Eric James Harmon, 34, was arrested Friday and charged with murder and arson first-degree, Chief Deputy Chad Brooks with Pickens County...

Covered bridge fired declared arson in Maine

Jul. 30, 2021 15:54 PM EDT

LITTLETON, Maine (AP) — A fire that destroyed one of Maine's nine covered bridges has been declared an arson, the fire marshal's office said Friday. A local business put up a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrests of those responsible for the destruction...

Navy charges sailor with setting fire that destroyed warship

Jul. 29, 2021 21:11 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The U.S. Navy charged a sailor Thursday with starting a fire last year that destroyed the USS Bonhomme Richard docked off San Diego, marking the maritime branch's worst warship blaze outside of combat in recent memory. The amphibious assault ship...

Navy charges sailor with setting worst U.S. warship fire outside of combat in recent memory

Jul. 29, 2021 17:17 PM EDT
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Navy charges sailor with setting worst U.S. warship fire outside of combat in recent memory.

Indiana man charged after woman's decapitated body found

Jul. 28, 2021 16:53 PM EDT

CLARKSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — A southern Indiana man has been charged with murder after firefighters found a woman's decapitated, mutilated body inside her burning apartment, hours before police allegedly found her missing body parts in a suitcase in the suspect's home. ...